Brookfield Beautification awards local restaurant, museum 'Brookies'

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By Community Editor

In August, the Brookfield Beautification Commission awarded "Brookies" to a local restaurant and a local museum that have made efforts to improve or otherwise beautify their locations and increase business within the village.

Commission members on Aug. 21 personally delivered the awards to Dan and Brenna Velcich, owners of Burger Antics at 3740 Grand Blvd, and Kit Ketchmark, president of the Brookfield Historical Society and director of the Brookfield Historical Museum at 8820½ Brookfield Ave.

The commission recognized Burger Antics for being a consistent presence in the Grand Boulevard district since it opened its doors in 2015. In addition to their gourmet burgers, the restaurant's walls serves as a showcase for local artists.

Joining the Velciches in accepting the award on Aug. 21 was Burger Antics server Jason Michael West, who is an artist himself and curates the work the restaurant displays monthly.

"We are delighted to recognize this Brookfield fan favorite," said Beautification Commissioner Martha Carlson in an email.

The Brookfield Historical Society operates the museum inside one of the village's oldest structures, the 1889 Grossdale Station, which has been designated a national landmark. 

The commission selected it for recognition for its efforts to maintain the history of Brookfield. In 2018, to mark the 125th anniversary of Brookfield's incorporation as a village, Ketchmark led a significant overhaul to update the museum's exhibits and improve the train depot's interior spaces.

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